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Bartow, Fla. (September 26, 2022) – Based on the current track and estimated time of arrival in Polk County of Hurricane Ian, the following public shelters will be open on Tuesday, September 27 at 12:00 p.m.:

Horizons Elementary School1700 Forest Lake Dr, Davenport
Sleepy Hill Elementary School2285 Sleepy Hill Rd, Lakeland
R. Bruce Wagner Elementary School5500 Yates Rd, Lakeland
Chain Of Lakes Elementary School7001 Hwy 653, Winter Haven
Mulberry Middle School500 SE Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Mulberry
Spessard Holland Elementary  2342 E.F. Griffin Rd, Bartow
Auburndale High School1 Bloodhound Trail, Auburndale
Citrus Ridge Academy1775 Sand Mine Rd, Davenport
George Jenkins High School6000 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland
Highlands Grove Elementary4510 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland
Kathleen High School1100 Red Devil Way, Lakeland
Lake Marion Creek Middle School3055 Lake Marion Creek Dr, Poinciana
Winter Haven High School600 6th St SE, Winter Haven

Special Needs shelters will also open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, for those residents with special medical needs. Polk County Emergency Management’s Special Needs Program is designed to provide shelter and/or transportation for residents with medical or physical conditions and/or dependent on medical electrical equipment who require assistance during an emergency. The Special Needs shelters are located at:

FDOH Polk Specialty Care Unit1255 Brice Blvd., Bartow
McKeel Academy1810 W. Parker St., Lakeland
Ridge Community High School500 Orchid Dr., Davenport

Pet friendly shelters that will be open Tuesday, September 27 at 112:00 p.m. will be at 

Tenoroc High School4905 Saddle Creek Rd., Lakeland
Lake Region High School1995 Thunder Road, Eagle Lake
Haines City High School2800 Hornet Drive, Haines City

Pet owners must bring shot records for their pets, an airline-approved carrying case or crate and pet food.

For the most updated information, please continue to monitor your local news media and check the county website for updates at You may also obtain further emergency information at and

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